Once a sleepy little town with one little main street, few services, and limited housing, Windsor has become a boom-town. Its population has doubled in the past decade and is projected to double again in the next decade.
By definition, a small town has a population between 1,000 and 20,000 — which opens the door wide open when ranking the best in Colorado. Our state is home to some of the most charming mountain and valley getaways nestled around larger...
Windsor is located at the epicenter of both Northern Colorado and the “new energy” economy. Helping make the transition from sugar beets and agriculture as historical primary employers, Danish wind turbine company Vestas selected Windsor for its first Colorado plant.
Windsor’s quaint downtown offers fine dining, social coffee shops and boutique shopping. The town provides medical services from multiple providers and four full-service hospitals are within 25 minutes driving time. Residents of Windsor enjoy the small town atmosphere, a variety of housing options and a convenient, central location.
Population: 19, 751 (2012 estimate) Elevation: 4,800 ft. Climate: Average summer temp: 85 degrees; avg. winter temp.: 45 degrees; avg. annual precip. 16.3 in. Churches: 15 churches in Windsor of various denominations. Average household income: $75,970 (2010)
Windsor is the headquarters for the Weld RE-4 Windsor/Severance School District. It operates five elementary schools, two middle schools, including Severance Middle School, and Windsor High School. Higher education options are ample in Northern Colorado, including the University of Northern Colorado, Aims Community College (both in Greeley) and Colorado State University and Front Range Community College (in Fort Collins).
Windsor boasts three championship golf courses, an indoor ice rink and soccer complex, a beautiful outdoor pool in its city park, two indoor in-line skating/hockey rinks, water skiing on Windsor Reservoir and easy access to the Poudre River Trail that provide recreational opportunities for residents. And it boasts million-dollar views of Longs Peak and the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains.
Banner Health’s Medical Arts Centre of Windsor provides care for the community. It is affiliated with North Colorado Medical Center in Greeley and McKee Medical Center in Loveland. University of Colorado Health and Colorado Health Medical Group have primary care doctors at the Windsor Medical Clinic. University of Colorado Health has hospitals in Fort Collins, Loveland and Children’s Hospital in Denver. Quality specialists in virtually all areas are available within a short drive.
Companies in Windsor provide employment to Northern Colorado residents including Vestas, Tenneco Packaging, CareStream, Universal Forest Products, Front Range Energy, Owens-Illinois and Metal Container Corporation, the latter two which supply the nearby Anheuser-Busch brewery with bottles and cans.
Each summer, the Town of Windsor hosts a Summer Concert Series at Boardwalk Park, featuring various musicians performing concerts on Thursdays from 6:30–8:30 p.m. These artists vary in genre, from gypsy folk to reggae rock — and everything in between!
Head to The Summit for non-stop entertainment and fun, featuring bowling, laser tag, arcade games, and tons of food and drinks. Experience “elevated entertainment” within their clean and spacious facilities — with family or friends!
Windsor Lake is a popular recreational attraction in town. Walk, bike or run on the 2.25-mile trail around the lake’s perimeter, enjoy the dog park, or go fishing, boating, swimming, or kayaking in the lake! The outdoor adventure possibilities are endless.
Enjoy an inviting atmosphere at Chimney Park, offering a straight-forward approach to cuisine that reflects seasonality using local ingredients. This upscale dining experience will leave you satisfied and impressed — especially their award-winning wines!
Every day is a luau at Okole Maluna! Experience Hawaiian culture and authentic island cuisine rooted with flavors rich in tradition with a modern twist. Each dish is carefully crafted by their island-born chef with a lifetime of culinary experience.
With three locations in Fort Collins, Greeley and Windsor, Stuft Burger Bar is a NoCo favorite — for their build-your-own burgers, delicious shakes, and their fun and relaxed environment. This is the perfect place to take the kids for lunch or dinner!
Taste some of the highest quality small-batch wine around at Forgotten Roots Winery. Their extensive wine list is made almost exclusively from locally sourced fruit, honey, herbs, flowers, and vegetables — representing the best of Northern Colorado.
High Hops Brewery is a brewery and tasting room inside The Windsor Gardener, and is Windsor’s first microbrewery. Relax on their outdoor patio with an exceptional brew, while you check out the 50+ hop plants growing in their on-site hop farm.
Iron Mountain Coffee is located inside the Iron Mountain Autoplex - Auto Source building. Serving Dazbog Coffee roasted right here in Colorado, be sure to pair your caffeinated beverage with a pastry or breakfast burrito while you relax in their comfortable cafe.
Absolute Hair is a small and intimate salon specializing in the personal attention you need. Their professional hair stylists provide a variety of services, including precision cutting and design, coloring, and styling. Schedule an appointment or walk in!
Athena Salon, Spa & Wellness is an eco-conscious local wellness center providing a plethora of services in their spa-like facilities. This is the ultimate destination for hair, skin, massage, spray tan, waxing and nail services!
Mood Ease Massage won Best Massage in Windsor seven times and was voted into the Top 20 Small Businesses Under the Age of 40. Their Licensed Massage Therapists help you recover from pain or stress. Relax and enjoy the dry infrared sauna post therapy as well!
Be a part of the tight-knit and encouraging culture at CrossFit Endure, a fitness regimen developed to define fitness in a meaningful and measurable way. Take part in their intensive and challenging workouts, no matter your experience level!
Benefit from the relaxed and friendly atmosphere at Windsor Health Club, voted the Best Health/Fitness Club in Windsor three years in a row! Get on track with your fitness goals using their state-of-the-art fitness equipment, classes, and trainers.
Increase strength, balance and flexibility with a barre class at windsorbar(re). With three types of classes with different fitness focuses, this is a safe and fun environment to get in shape, tone your body, and be a part of their encouraging community.
Bespoke Edge is Colorado’s leading custom clothier, specializing in custom suits, shirts, tuxedos and pants. Schedule an at-home or office fitting for a perfectly tailored and custom fit from this family owned menswear business with nearly 40 years experience.
Four & Twenty Blackbirds is an adorable shop with an ever-changing and impressive inventory worth checking out in person. Shop their selection of jewelry, accessories, gifts, bath and body products, children’s items, food, and home and garden decor!
Peruse the ever-changing selection of unique antique and home decor pieces at Memory Lane, “where memories begin and treasures are found.” They also offer several services, including refinishing, upholstery, re-silvering, and specialty commissions!
Dairy Queen has been a popular destination for frozen treats all across the world since they opened in 1940. Choose from DQ’s wide variety of ice cream treats, drinks, cakes, or food options — or grab an Orange Julius smoothie at this two-in-one stop!
Mr. Yo’s Donut is a trusted community source for some of the best donuts around. Line up at this local shop, select your favorite donut, or grab a dozen to share with friends and family. Don’t forget to accompany your tasty treat with a cup of coffee!
Indulge at Nana Bea’s and enjoy treats of every kind, from fresh-made coffee and espresso to handmade fudge and vintage candy. Their historic 1899 building will take you back in time while you enjoy the present-day charm of Windsor on their outdoor patio.